Supervisory General Engineer/Physical Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 29, 2020
Closes
Oct 30, 2020
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The successful candidate in this position will serve as the Director of Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) and Institutional Research and Development (R&D) Programs (NA-114) who will be responsible for providing expert scientific, technical and budgetary advice to senior DOE, NNSA, DP Interagency partners, and Congressional members and staff on management of modeling, simulation, and lab- and site-directed research programs.

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Responsibilities

As a Supervisory General Engineer/Physical Scientist, you will:
  • Serves as the Director of the Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) and Institutional Research and Development (R&D) Programs responsible for applying a high level of technical expertise to the identification, oversight, and resolution of complex engineering, scientific and technological issues associated with modeling and computer simulation activities within NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP).
  • Supervises NA-114 staff, providing programmatic, technical, and administrative direction. Leads the planning and management of office activities and provides overall direction on the selection, utilization, and development of assigned personnel and the resolution of work-related issues.
  • Coordinates with the NNSA M&O sites, interagency and international partners, academic institutions, and research laboratories to integrate ASC Program capabilities into broad national and international plans and priorities for modeling and simulation.
  • Provides guidance with respect to establishing, supporting and overseeing partnerships between research centers and universities and the NNSA (e.g., joint working groups, research grants, research collaborations, cooperative agreements, graduate fellowships, etc.) to achieve specific mission goals and in support of the long-term scientific and technical human capital requirements for sustaining the nuclear weapons stockpile and infrastructure.
  • Assist with developing and managing coordinated plans for building, maintaining, and operating several one-of-a-kind and state-of-the-art ASC computing platforms, including a broad suite of capability and capacity machines.
  • Manages and evaluates of NNSA's Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) and Site Directed Research and Development (SDRD) Programs to support Mission Agility, Scientific and Technical Vitality, and Workforce Development in NNSA.
  • Identifies the resources required to achieve technical objectives while focusing on the integration of cost, scope, and schedule objectives. Develops feasible options to balance workload in the field, to include determining required staffing levels and competencies needed to achieve program goals.
  • Guides the development, planning and execution of weapons calculations, model development, and simulations. Supports pioneering new concepts to provide advanced algorithms, system software and tools, programs integration frameworks, libraries, and programming methodologies that support the near and long-term science-based Stockpile Stewardship (SBSS) needs.
  • Provides expert scientific, technical and budgetary advice to senior DOE, NNSA, DP Interagency partners, and Congressional members and staff on management of the Advanced Simulation and Computing and Institutional Research and Development Programs; elements of the Stockpile Stewardship research, development, test, and evaluation portfolio; and other appropriate scientific, technical and management topics.
  • Represent NNSA's interests in collaborating and partnering with the DOD on nuclear weapon-related research, development, test, and evaluation program elements.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position requires the employee to travel at least 20% of the time.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
05

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • Subject to Random Drug Testing
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Favorable suitability determination required.
  • Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
  • A two year trial period may be required.
  • A one year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required.
  • More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band or GS grade level in the Federal Service i.e., EN-04, NN-04 or GS-14. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: applying professional engineering or physical sciences concepts, theories, and practices to manage and evaluate research and development programs related to the nuclear weapons stockpile to include developing strategic planning, programmatic alignments, budget justifications or long range budget estimates for nuclear stockpile programs.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
  • Mastery of physical science, engineering and/or computational sciences disciplines relevant to a broad range of nuclear weapons research relevant matters including the management, development, operation, improvement, validation and/or oversight of simulations running on Top 100-class high performance computers used to predict physical phenomena relevant to weapon performance.
  • Mastery of the principles, concepts, and relevant academic disciplines associated with national security policy, as well as the organizational relationships and mechanisms associated with U.S. national security planning and operations, in order to effectively coordinate a wide variety of nuclear weapons modernization activities associated with the DP field offices and research, development, testing, and production facilities.
  • Mastery of the management, procurement, operation and/or acquisition of peta-flop class high performance computers.
  • Skill in analyzing program budgetary relationships to relate multiyear projects to the planning, estimation, and modification of multiyear appropriated funding budget estimates for carrying out the Nation's strategic defense programs.
  • Ability to communicate with members of Congress, or their staff, and with high-level officials in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, state and local governments, industry, and academia. Ability to make persuasive presentations on technical topics to potentially skeptical audiences.

  • "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    EDUCATION:

    801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. For more information, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions . 1301 - A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. For more information on the alternate methods of qualifying for Physical Scientist, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Positions

    There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions . If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website , and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    Additional information

    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.


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    Selective Service Registration: Click HERE.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you meet the qualifications requirements, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified'.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
    • Most recent performance appraisal.
    • List all incentive awards on your resume.

    Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!
  • Full position title;
  • appointment type;
  • occupational series;
  • pay plan, grade, and step;
  • tenure code; and
  • service computation date (SCD).

  • If your current position SF50 does not indicate you have competitive service status or does not reflect the pay plan and grade of the highest position you have held in the competitive service, in addition to your current SF50, you must provide your previous SF-50s that provide the proof of competitive status and highest grade held on a permanent basis.

    Applicants using education to qualify (if allowed): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.

    **NOTE: Applicants are required to submit their last 2 performance evaluations.**

    ***You must provide transcripts with your application in order to receive consideration for this position.***

    For Professional, Scientific and Engineering Positions: If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.

    Veterans: Veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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